Without the services of Jamie Benn, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy, it was going to be a very tough task for the Dallas Stars facing an unbeaten St Louis team. It showed as the Dallas Stars lost 4-3 against the Blues, extending their losing streak to two games.
Early in the first, Wade Redden fired past a screened Christopher Nilstorp to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Stars responded in the perfect way and equalised through an impressive Tomas Vincour goal. It was an entertaining first frame of hockey as both teams exchanged goal-scoring chances. With 12 minutes gone, Michael Ryder gave the Stars a lead on a backhanded shot on the powerplay that went past Halak.
Dallas started the second period on the powerplay, but failed to create any decent chances. Midway through the second, the Blues grabbed a slick equaliser, as David Perron impressively fired past Nilstorp in a solo effort Late in the second period, Chris Stewart capitalised on some poor defending by the Stars to give the Blues the 3-2 lead. David Perron made it 4-2 when Trevor Daley turned the puck over as he wrist shot his second over Nilstorp’s glove late in the 2nd period.
A great backhand pass from behind the net by Brenden Morrow that hit Ryan Garbutt for his first goal of the season, who in stride in the slot, popped it past Halak in the third period. Nilstorp, who was relieved in the third period as he possibly hurt his hamstring as Kari Lehtonen went into the net for the Stars. Ray Whitney almost tied the game up but it hit the post.
The Stars will look back at this game and wonder what went wrong in this game before heading on to the road for two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings.
STL: W. Redden (05:31 – 1st) , D. Perron (10:51 – 2nd) , C. Stewart (16:32 – 2nd) , D. Perron (19:44 – 2nd)
DAL: T. Vincour (05:57 – 1st) , M. Ryder (PPG, 12:40 – 1st) , R. Garbutt (02:24 – 3rd)
STL: J. HALAK
DAL: C. NILSTORP, K. LEHTONEN
Here’s the final score from the Blues and Stars:
Here were the shots on goals between the Stars and Blues:
Three star selections
1st: DAVID PERRON
2nd: CHRIS STEWART
3rd: RYAN GARBUTT